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NCO Journal August 2017 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

NCO Journal Education Essay

By SFC Brian Christopher Darling, Contributing Writer

Though college credits contribute to a service member’s promotion potential, a degree does not immediately qualify a service member to be a successful squad leader, team leader, or platoon sergeant.

Article published on: August 18, 2017


Lead Like a CHAMPION

By Staff Sgt. Alexis R. Ramos, Small Group Leader, NCO Academy at Fort Meade, Maryland

The sport of boxing has had a rich tradition in my family. My father used to box, my uncles and cousins were pugilists, even my grandma laced up the gloves to practice the sport.

Article published on: August 11, 2017


Former NCO finds perfect outlet for leadership skills as Warrior Games coach

By Meghan Portillo, NCO Journal

After suffering a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, now-retired Sgt. 1st Class Jesse White spent three and a half years recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. It was there that his love of archery was born. It is the sport that taught him how to cope, gave him renewed purpose and opened new doors in his life.

Article published on: August 11, 2017


Professional advice from USASAC's command sergeant major

By Clifford Kyle Jones, NCO Journal

Command Sgt. Maj. Dana S. Mason Jr., the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, offers advice on: On professional development; up-and-coming NCOs; and 'secrets' to success.

Article published on: August 11, 2017


I Followed My Heart

By Staff Sgt. Nikki Feltion, 2nd BCT Public Affairs NCOIC, 3rd Infantry Division

Felton recently changed career fields and is a graduate of the Basic Public Affairs Course and Intermediate Public Affairs Specialist Course taught at the U.S. Army Defense Information School located at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland.

Article published on: August 3, 2017